I'll start off by saying that I'm a Scoutmaster (Troop 205, Lexington, KY), and I went on a campout last weekend. As the boys were setting up their tents, I found a pair of trees and set up my hammock. As expected, it elicited quite a few comments.
I'm all for sharing my hammock, and letting others try out their...swinging legs?...but I'm a bit leery of letting a dozen or so Scouts climb (one at a time) into my bed (without me in it) before I even get a chance to sleep in it. Know what I mean?
As an aside, it was a relatively warm night--in the 50s--I don't have an underquilt, and didn't use a pad. I'll admit it: I had some chilly buns at about 3:30 in the morning. I had my z-rest pad within arm's reach but didn't use it. Not a mistake I care to repeat.
First thing I saw when I opened my eyes at 6:15 was the handle of the big dipper, and a satellite drifting lazily through the sky, sporadically visible through the tree branches above me. What a sight!
I suppose that's the long way around to the crux of the story: my Patrol leader said, "Man, I wish I had a hammock, cause I totally would have slept in one last night too!"
"Really?" I responded. "Would you like to make some in a Patrol meeting?"
"You can make them?"
Oh yeah. Convert for sure. I got the same kind of comments from other Scouts too.